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Florida Science Finalists for the K-6 2008 Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Announced

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This year, three Florida teachers have been recognized as finalists for award: Michelle Ferro from West Melbourne Elementary School for Science in Brevard County, Jeanne Neff from Arbor Ridge School in Orange County and Wendy Shelden from Ralph M. Williams Elementary School in Brevard County.

The teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning as well as their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science instruction.

Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The 2009 competition is for teachers of mathematics and science in grades 7-12. For information on the program, or to nominate a teacher, visit